Former president George W. Bush will help kick off the fifth Patriot Golf Day weekend with a ceremonial tee shot and round of golf on Thursday at Dallas National Golf Club.
For the second straight year, Bush is serving as honorary chairman of Patriot Golf Day, a national fundraising program for Folds of Honor Foundation.
More than $8.9 million has been raised and more than 2,100 educational scholarships have been provided to the families of military service members killed or disabled in the line of duty. About 4,000 golf facilities will be hosting events and collecting at least $1 from golfers across the country over Labor Day weekend (Friday through Monday).
Bush will be joined in the Dallas National festivities, which begin at 7:30 a.m., by Major Dan Rooney, founder of the Folds of Honor, PGA of America president Allen Wronowski and amputee Major Ed Pulido.
Ginger Gilbert Ravella and her five children will be part of the ceremony. Gilbert Ravella’s late husband, Major Troy Gilbert, was an F-16 Fighter Pilot killed in Iraq in 2006. Their five children have all been awarded educational scholarships by the Folds of Honor Foundation.